Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease affecting the central nervous system that can lead to problems with muscle movement, balance and vision alongside a range of other neurological symptoms. Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS and although much is known about the mechanisms involved in the disease process, the cause remains unknown. It is normally diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 40 and affects almost twice as many women as men.
There are many different symptoms of MS and they affect each person differently. People with MS are unlikely to develop all known symptoms, but possibilities include:
• Numbness and tingling
• Blurring of vision
• Problems with mobility and balance
• Muscle weakness and tightness
• Problems with speech
• Acute or chronic pain
• Bowel and bladder difficulties
• Cognitive impairment
MS is a progressive condition, with symptoms increasing over time or as a condition with periods of remission and relapses (periods without symptoms interspersed with severe, episodic flare-ups).
There is no cure for MS, however there are many treatments that can relieve the symptoms and may slow the progression of MS. If the symptoms experienced are very mild, treatment may not be needed until a relapse.
AFOs are often used to overcome weakness in patients’ lower limbs, improving balance and reducing the effects of drop foot. As weakness progresses, orthotics can be reviewed and altered/changed.
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